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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 23, 2014

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 23: 

• The Jags haven't done much right in a while, but they did give us one outlet's NFL Cheerleader of the Year, Whitney Cowart.

A top prospect posted a photo of himself in a bathtub full of recruiting letters.

• BYU and Memphis played a great bowl game, then had a massive brawl.

• Related: Memphis tight end Alan Cross don't need no stinkin' helmet.

• This is actually a little depressing: Peyton Manning is finally playing like a 38-year-old. His showing against Cincy led to a Twitter debate over his arm strength.

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Is Rory McIlroy too ripped?

Dale Jr. and his girlfriend wore the tackiest Christmas sweaters imaginable.

• Peyton threw what had to be the worst pick-6 of his career last night.

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com.